Thinking how cool it would be to own one of the fastest cars in the world? If you dream of speed, then this list is for you. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 fastest cars the world has ever seen, though you’re going to need a fair amount of money to get your hands on any of these. Not to mention a whole lot of Rands to pay your car insurance!
So how fast is fast? Read on, we’re telling you the ten fastest cars, but you’ll need to get all the way to the bottom to find the winner!
The Tenth of Our Fastest Cars: The Jaguar XJ220
Just sneaking in at the bottom of our list of fastest is the Jaguar XJ220, which, depending on how you look at things, could be a little higher. This model was driven around the Nardo Test Track back in 1992 and achieved an impressive 342 kph. However, since Nardo is a curved track theoretically that means that the XJ220 should have achieved speeds of 359 kph if it was driving in a straight line. Since this wasn’t done however, we can’t place the Jag any higher, though it’s still one of the most beautiful fast cars we’ve ever seen.
*You might notice that the next few entries on our list all have the same top speed. This is due to safety systems put on to the cars to limit them to a certain speed. Technically the next three entries could be in any order, we simply put them in order of age…
At Number Nine: The Ferrari Enzo
The first Ferrari to appear on our list of fastest cars is the Ferrari Enzo, named after the founder of the company and produced between 2002 and 2004. The Enzo reached a record speed of 349 kph, which is fairly fast. Whilst it’s not the fastest on our list, the Enzo is still one of the most amazing cars we’ve ever seen, and what it lacks in speed it makes up for in style.
The Eighth of Our Fastest Cars: The Ferrari LaFerrari
The next Ferrari on our list is the Ferrari LaFerrari, which reached top speeds of 349 kph and has been produced since 2013. What’s really amazing about the LaFerrari is that it’s a hybrid car, meaning that it uses both a regular petrol engine as well as electricity. We were pretty surprised to find a hybrid car appearing on a list of the fastest cars in the world!
At Number Seven: The McLaren P1
And here’s another surprise: another hybrid car! Once again, the top speed here is 349 kph, and the McLaren P1 has been produced from 2014. It should come as no surprise though that one of the fastest cars in the world had to come from famed race car maker McLaren…
The Sixth of Our Fastest Cars: The Aston Martin One-77
Coming in next is a James Bond favourite, the British Aston Martin One-77. With top speeds of 354 kph, the Aston was produced between 2009 and 2012. You’d have needed to be pretty rich to get your hands on one though, since only 77 cars were made and the ticket price was an astounding R23 million!
At Number Five: The McLaren F1
And yet another McLaren on our fastest cars list! Interestingly, though the McLaren F1 is faster than the P1 it’s an older model. It was produced between 1992 and 1998 and had incredible top speeds of 381 kph!
The Fourth of Our Fastest Cars: The Koenigsegg CCR
You might not be familiar with Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg, but their CCR model comes in at number four on our list of the fastest cars in the world. Only fourteen models were ever built, though production ran from 2004 to 2006, but at its best, the CCR could reach speeds of 389 kph.
At Number Three: The SSC Ultimate Aero
SSC isn’t a company that many people have heard of either, even the experts! But for a while the American manufacturer’s Ultimate Aero was the fastest car in the world. With top speeds of 412 kph, the Aero was produced between 2006 and 2013.
The Second of the Fastest Cars in the World: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
With whopping speeds of up to 431 kph, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport takes second place on our list of the fastest cars in the world. Thirty models were made between 2010 and 2011, and the Super Sport was priced at a cool R25 million. And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…
The Fastest Car on Earth: The Hennessey Venom GT
Technically (although not officially) the Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest car in the world, with clocked top speeds of 435 kph. Why not officially? Well, that top speed was driven in just one direction. To be officially named the fastest car in the world a vehicle has to drive the same distance in both directions, with the speeds averaged, to take into account wind resistance. But for us, the American Hennessey tops our list of the fastest cars in the world.
These are the fastest cars in the world, well, the fastest production cars. That means that all of these cars can be driven on normal roads. Are there faster cars? Sure. The official fastest vehicle ever made is the ThrustSSC, which was a jet propelled car that reached speeds of 1,228 kph. However, since it’s not street drivable (or even particularly safe!), we discounted it from our list. Of course, all the above cars are extremely expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t dream about zipping around town in one!
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